National Newswatch

Canada’s Boy Wonder Prime Minister Is Aging as Elections Loom

Feb 13 2019 — Josh Wingrove — Justin Trudeau’s top rival in Canada’s October general election is, technically, Andrew Scheer, a pro-Brexit Conservative Party leader running a campaign of suburban values and smaller government in an attempt to hold the prime minister to one term. But lately, Scheer’s had help in weakening Trudeau’s brand—from Trudeau himself.

Supreme Court Allows Trump’s Transgender Military Ban to Take Effect

Jan 22 2019 — — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared President Donald Trump’s administration to start barring most transgender people from serving in the armed forces, Bloomberg News reports. The justices, voting 5-4, put on hold lower court decisions that had blocked the administration’s planned ban from taking effect. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan […]

Trudeau Is Months Away From a Huawei 5G Decision, Sources Say

Jan 18 2019 — Josh Wingrove — Justin Trudeau’s government is still conducting its security review of 5G telecommunications systems and is months away from a decision on whether to restrict Huawei Technologies Co., people familiar with the plans say. Canadian security agencies continue to study the issue, including what potential security vulnerabilities exist, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity […]

Trudeau’s U.S. Envoy Confident on USMCA Passage, Tariff Relief

Jan 17 2019 — Josh Wingrove — Canada’s ambassador to Washington is confident that the U.S. will both pass the revised North American trade deal and lift tariffs on steel and aluminum. David MacNaughton, speaking to reporters Wednesday in Sherbrooke, Quebec, during a cabinet meeting, said there are “no negotiations going on” to resolve the U.S.-Canada tariff dispute but that the government […]

China’s Seizure of Two Canadians ‘Not Acceptable,’ Trudeau Says

Dec 14 2018 — Josh Wingrove — China’s arrest of two Canadians is unacceptable and an example of worrying fallout from a U.S.-China trade war, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. Trudeau addressed the Chinese capture of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in a television interview Friday morning. Those arrests came nine days after Canada, acting on a request from the U.S., detained […]

Trump Says He Would Intervene in Huawei Case to Get China Deal

Dec 11 2018 — — President Donald Trump said he would intervene in U.S. efforts to extradite Huawei Technologies Co. executive Meng Wanzhou if it helped him win a trade deal with China. “If I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made, which is a very important thing — what’s good for national […]

Trump Calls Tillerson ‘Dumb as a Rock’ and ‘Lazy as Hell’

Dec 7 2018 — — President Donald Trump called Rex Tillerson “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell” after his former secretary of state broke his public silence and said he often had to push back against ideas that would have violated the law. Trump tweeted Friday that Tillerson “didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as […]

‘Shocking’ Huawei arrest threatens to upend Trump-Xi trade truce

Dec 6 2018 — — On the same day Donald Trump and Xi Jinping struck a trade war truce in Argentina, some 7,000 miles away Canadian authorities made an arrest that now threatens to make the U.S.-China conflict much worse. The U.S. is seeking the extradition of Wanzhou Meng, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., after convincing Canada to […]

Trump Firm Eyed Giving Putin $50 Million Penthouse, Broker Says

Nov 30 2018 — — President Donald Trump’s company considered offering Russian President Vladimir Putin a $50 million penthouse in a planned skyscraper in Moscow to make the building more desirable to rich buyers, according to the Russian-born real estate developer who was broker on the project. Felix Sater, a felon, ex-government informant and former Trump business associate, said Thursday […]

OPEC Expected to Cut Oil Production Despite Trump, Survey Shows

Nov 27 2018 — — OPEC and its allies will announce production cuts to check a slump in oil prices when they meet next week, defying pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a Bloomberg survey. Thirty-one of 36 analysts and traders in a global poll predicted that the coalition of producers known as OPEC+, led by Saudi Arabia […]

Morneau Is on Shaky Ground With Claims of Canadian Wage Gains

Nov 24 2018 — Theophilos Argitis — The pick up in Canadian wages that Finance Minister Bill Morneau is using to justify running deficits may not be as robust as advertised. In a budget update Wednesday, Morneau kept deficits at just under 1 percent of output, arguing strong growth, falling unemployment, and rising wages are evidence his anti-austerity policies are working. But […]